Title: Welaka National Fish Hatchery
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Title: Welaka National Fish Hatchery
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Language: English
Creator: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Place of Publication: Welaka, Fla.
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National Fish Hatchery

Allan Brown, Hatchery Manager
Welaka National Fish Hatchery
P.O. Box 130
726 County Road 309
Welaka, FL 32193
Phone: 386/467 2374
Fax: 386/467 8108
E-mail: FW4FRWelaka@fws.gov

Station Facts
* Established: 1938.
* Number of staff: six full-time
* Acres of water: 54.
* Annual budget (FY 06) $560,513.
Geographic Area Covered
* Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-
Flint River System-Florida and
Georgia (interjurisdictional
restoration)-striped bass.
* St. Johns River-Florida
(interjurisdictional restoration)-
striped bass.
* Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma,
Mississippi (interjurisdictional
restoration)-striped bass.
* Suwannee River-Florida
(recovery)-Gulf of Mexico
* St. Johns River-Florida
(recovery)-shortnose sturgeon.
Station Goals
* Provide interjurisdictional fish
restoration (striped bass) for the
Flint River System and the St.
Johns River.
* Provide striped bass to six
southeastern states to support
interjurisdictional fish
restoration (striped bass).
* Provide technical assistance to
aid in the recovery of the
threatened Gulf of Mexico
* Provide technical assistance to
aid in the recovery of the
endangered shortnose sturgeon.
* Provide environmental education.
m Provide public outreach
opportunities to visitors.

Fish Species and Capability
* Gulf Coast Striped Bass
(interjurisdictional restoration) -
7,000,000 fry;
750,000 Phase I fingerlings;
100,000 Phase II sub-adults.
* Atlantic Coast Striped Bass
(interjurisdictional restoration) -
2,000,000 fry;
400,000 Phase I fingerlings.
* Gulf of Mexico sturgeon.
* Shortnose sturgeon.
Public Use Opportunities
* 35,000+ visitors annually.
* 25 tank public aquarium (fresh
and saltwater).
* Portable aquarium and
endangered species display for
off-site presentations.
* Wildlife observation tower and
picnic area.
* Nature trail 3/4 mile.
* Outdoor fish display pool (in
Calendar of Events
April: Annual Catfish Parade and
Festival. Participates in annual
events for town of Welaka.
June: Annual Fishing Rodeo and
Hatchery Open House.
July: Annual 4th of July Parade
and Festival.
Questions and Answers
What kind offish do you raise?
Welaka National Fish Hatchery is a
warmwater fish hatchery which
means we raise fish that do best in
water temperatures above 65
degrees. Current species in
production at this facility include
striped bass, largemouth bass, and
the threatened Gulf of Mexico

Florlda Firsh and Wildlife
Commission, and Georgia
Department of Natural Resources
collect adult "broodfish" from the
wild during spawning runs. These
adult fish are transported to Welaka
NFH and monitored for gamete
maturation. When gametes are
viable, eggs are manually stripped
into a bowl, sperm is added and the
eggs are fertilized. These eggs are
hatched and then either stocked in
grow-out ponds or shipped to other

Do you provide fish to private
Although once a function of the
national fish hatchery system, "farm
pond" stocking is not considered a
Federal responsibility and fish are no
longer provided to individuals. All
fish raised at this facility are stocked
into public waters.

Do you give tours of the h;./,- 1, .
Welaka National Fish Hatchery has
an active public use program. The
hatchery maintains a 25-tank public
aquarium, a nature observation
tower, and a 3/4-mile nature trail. All
facilities are open to the public for
self-guided tours. Large groups are
given tours by station personnel if
arrangements are made in advance.

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